Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler


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“Sharply observed and self-aware, this literary debut satirizes and indulges a range of narrative devices with dashes of humor and mystery.

Part of a generation of bafflingly self-aware individuals, raised on authenticity and life off-screen only to be thrust into the fakery of manufactured lighting and synthesized bios during preadolescence, our narrator careens through a story of conspiracies and navel-gazing. Our narrator is unreliable because she’s insecure, her fakery a fog that slowly dissipates as the novel unfolds.

Acerbic and witty, this novel is perfect for those who: have grown up with more “friends” on social media than they’ve met actual people; have gone on app-wrangled dates with insufferable humans; have doom-scrolled endlessly; and have sifted through conspiracy theories (especially for their elders).”


“Social media has lurked in the background of contemporary literary fiction…but here it feels, finally, fully and thoroughly explored, with style and originality… I felt sharpened by it, grateful for its provocations.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

A woman in a tailspin discovers that her boyfriend is an anonymous online conspiracy theorist in this “absolutely brilliant take on the bizarre and despicable ways the internet has warped our perception of reality” (Elle, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year).

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, a young woman snoops through her boyfriend’s phone and makes a startling discovery: he’s an anonymous internet conspiracy theorist, and a popular one at that. Already fluent in internet fakery, irony, and outrage, she’s not exactly shocked by the revelation. Actually, she’s relieved—he was always a little distant—and she plots to end their floundering relationship while on a trip to the Women’s March in DC. But this is only the first in a series of bizarre twists that expose a world whose truths are shaped by online lies.

Suddenly left with no reason to stay in New York and increasingly alienated from her friends and colleagues, our unnamed narrator flees to Berlin, embarking on her own cycles of manipulation in the deceptive spaces of her daily life, from dating apps to expat meetups, open-plan offices to bureaucratic waiting rooms. She begins to think she can’t trust anyone—shouldn’t the feeling be mutual?

Narrated with seductive confidence and subversive wit, Fake Accounts challenges the way current conversations about the self and community, delusions and gaslighting, and fiction and reality play out in the internet age.

Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler
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